US appeals court upholds $133m Exxon payout in NYC case
NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A United States (US) appeals court on Friday upheld a ruling against Exxon Mobil Corp ordering the company to pay U$105 million (S$133 million) in damages for polluting New York City's groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive.
The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a 2009 jury verdict that found Exxon contaminated water supply wells when methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) leaked from its underground storage tanks in the borough of Queens.
The appeals court rejected Exxon's arguments that it was required to use the additive under the federal Clean Air Act.
Exxon said it would appeal to the US Supreme Court.